DSW Candidate – Valerie Dallas, MSW, LCSW, 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

How Social Justice Can Be Promoted and Incorporated into Reflective Supervision/Consultation with Infant Mental Health Practitioners

DSW Candidate – Valerie Dallas, MSW, LCSW

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


How Social Justice Can Be Promoted and Incorporated into Reflective Supervision/Consultation with Infant Mental Health Practitioners

The multidisciplinary field of infant mental health supports young children’s ability to experience the world around them, foster learning, regulate and express their emotions, and form close relationships with caregivers. In line with infant mental health, the social work profession has offered the Grand Challenge to close the health gap for all.

Within a safe and secure relationship between young children and their caregivers, adversities can be mitigated and healed to ensure that the socio-emotional health gap for young children is closed and that they are able to meet their developmental trajectories.

Integral to infant mental health is for practitioners to engage in reflective supervision/consultation (RS/C) to address strengths and challenges while simultaneously working with young children and their caregivers. Supervision is not immune to experiences of social injustice, prejudice, power, and privilege, which impact supervisees, the children, and the caregivers they serve. RS/C is a platform to address these issues with a trusted reflective supervisor/consultant.

The literature review for this capstone project explores current scholarly literature that addresses RS/C from a social justice perspective. The conceptual paper provides theories for integrating a social justice lens into RS/C. Finally, the practice application paper applies these theories to practice by focusing on social justice barriers for young children and their caregivers, which can be a point of focus in RS/C. The aim is to support practitioners in RS/C, to promote infant mental health principles, and to address social justice barriers that can alleviate the social-emotional health gap for all young children.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the current scholarly literature surrounding social justice-driven reflective supervision/consultation
  2. Synthesize social justice theories and principles, including intersectional as a critical theory, reproductive justice as a theory and praxis, and the Diversity Informed Tenets for Work with Infant, Children, and Families
  3. Integrate how social justice theories can be moved into reflective supervision/consultation to support young children and their caregivers


Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.